the week that was

Posted on 24. Oct, 2008 by in news

Fairly quiet on the road cycling front as riders take some time off the skinny tires to either have fun on the cross circuit or just simply put aside the steed for a few weeks.

On a sad note, Ed Farrar, a Wenatchee, Washington doctor and father of Garmin-Chipotle’s Tyler Farrar, was seriously injured  in  a head-on collision on Skyline Drive when a car crossed into an opposing lane on Wednesday morning. Dr Farrar is a biking enthusiast who blogged about the world of health and fitness. My thoughts and well wishes to Dr Farrar and his  family.

Staying with the argyle team for a bit, on Saturday, November 22 in Boulder, Colorado, the new 2009 Garmin-Chipotle professional cycling team will be introduced and anyone can attend for a price. The evening will include  a Sundance documentary preview, open team Q&A, silent auction and raffle for a complete 2008 team issue Felt F1.

The  Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast team wrapped up its 2008 season with a final race, the 108 km Criterium de Levallois outside of  Paris,  France last weekend.   The four-man team consisted of Reid Mumford, David Veilleux, Jonny Sundt and Jake Keogh was active throughout the 60 laps around the 4-corner  1.8km course. Mumford jumped into a break that lapped the field, sprinted and won a series of primes and finished in tenth place. Italian  Fissore Fabio (Promo Cicloi-Brunero) won ahead of  Alexandre Lemair (Roubaix Lille Metrople) and Haynes Hamish (Yawadoo Colba). For his efforts, Mumford was awared the Most Aggressive Rider Award.

US Women’s Cycling Development Program (USWCDP) Mentor and Professional Cyclist Dotsie Bausch has joined forces with JETCycling to serve as the Vice President of Athletic Development. In this key role, she will be looking at the overall strategy and development of juniors within the JETCycling program. Based in Southern California, JETCycling’s focus  is to build the foundation of junior competitive road cycling working with juniors  between the ages 10 to 18. The program takes hands on approach to coaching, backed with education and a pillar of ethics for juniors.

“JETCycling is a program I truly believe in with my heart and soul. It has been such an honor to work with these kids throughout the summer. It is inspirational to me to ride with them. They keep me fresh and on my toes. I really look forward to the future with these budding stars and the JETCycling program.” said Dotsie.

On the team transfer front, Tour of Georgia stage winner Richard England has announced that he will be riding with the Italian Continental team Amore e Vita-McDonald’s for the 2009 season.    His contract with the Bissell team was not renewed, and the Australian told cyclingnews that he not only  looked forwards “to returning to the US to race against many of the people who I have befriended the past five years”  but also wanted to “prove to my old team that they made a big mistake when planning for their programme in 2009″.

On the rumorage front, it seems that the Rock Racing team will also field a Master’s team next year as team owner Michael Ball wants to race. Rumors of signings of SoCal masters racers to join him are floating around but nothing official as of yet.

CrossVegas on TV – in certain markets (yes once again).  6-time Emmy awarding winning producer Kent Gordis of Kent Gordis Productions produced the 30-minute program on the international cyclocross race held September 24 in Las Vegas.  The first broadcast is scheduled for October 25 at 2pm MDT on the Altitude Sports and Entertainment Network which is available in a 10 state region that includes all or parts of: Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Utah. Complete schedule available, including repeated airtimes, on altitude.tv.

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